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This year marks the 60th anniversary for the member-driven organisation, Flexographic Technical Association (FTA).
Founded in 1958, its purpose remains the same - serving the package printing and converting industry by connecting likeminded individuals, providing flexographers the resources needed to expand their skills, and continuing to drive flexography to package printing dominance.
'The flexographic industry today is vastly different that it was back in 1958,' shared Mark Cisternino, FTA president and 2016 Hall of Fame inductee. 'But one common element hasn't changed, an ideal which has led to the unprecedented growth of the industry and the long-term success of FTA as a vibrant, member-supported technical society: Progress through collaboration! Over the years, thousands of people have contributed to that growth.'
FTA's membership continues to grow, with the printer demographic alone up by 5% in the past year. And 57% of FTA's members are printers, making this segment the majority of the membership population. Many of the association's newest members are label printers, a trend attributed to the merging of the segment's current printing presses with the flexographic printing process.